My Secret Weapon for Better Pickleball – The Wrist Ball

I’ve been playing pickleball for nearly two years and I’m always on the lookout for something that can help me play better. I focus on serving well and moving quickly, especially near the net.

Recently, I found a great tool that’s really helped: the wrist ball.

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19 Reasons to Be Thankful for Pickleball

As I hit my 20th month of playing pickleball, I reflect on why I am thankful for the sport. It has delivered a surprising amount of joy into my life as an amateur player and pro blogger. Never in a million years would I have guessed that pickleball would become such a big part of me. But here we are, and I look forward to continuing to play, always learning, and spreading the pickleball love.

Here are the reasons I am grateful for pickleball. Please add your thoughts in the comments section.

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Pickleball Journey: Lessons From My Latest Tournament

I played in a Thanksgiving pickleball tournament last night. It was my first tournament in months, and I had a nervous energy pulsing through me as I approached the facility.

My teammate and I were ready to give it our all. 

And we came out hot.

We won our first six games with confidence and steady gameplay, advancing to the finals. 

Then everything changed in an instant. 

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Pickleball Accessories As Gifts or Self Love

Anyone who has played pickleball with me, knows I am a hug fan of pickleball accessories. From my stupidly funky socks to trotting out the latest fitness tracker, I’m not shy about being a consumerist.

And pickleball players are known fanatics when it comes to buying anything and everything to improve their game, which is why pickleball accessories are huge! While the standard paddles, balls, and court shoes are must-haves, there are plenty of unconventional accessories that can really step up your play and increase your good time on the court. Some even help avoid those achy joints and annoying injuries that come with the turf.

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Protect Your Pickleball Gear: How to Label Your Paddle and Balls

As a pickleball player, how many times has someone walked away with your paddle or ball? As the sport continues to surge in popularity, more and more paddles and balls are hitting the courts during open play “disappearing.” With so much equipment changing hands, it’s important to take steps to protect your property.

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Writing your name on your paddle and marking your balls can help avoid mix-ups, unintentional swapping, and even outright theft. With the average paddle costing north of $100 and balls averaging $1.50 each, you’ll want to protect these investments. Heck, you better be extra careful with the most expensive pickleball paddles.

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How to Use the Chirp Wheel to Improve Your Pickleball Stretches

I’m always on the lookout for effective ways to manage my back pain and enhance my flexibility, and pickleball stretches make a world of difference.

Without boring you about my Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain issues, the quest for relief led me to discover the Chirp Wheel, a tool that has enhanced my pre and post-game routines. 

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I want to share how incorporating the Chirp Wheel into my pickleball sessions has immensely helped in relieving back pain and improving my overall performance on the court.

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Pickleball Rule Changes – What the Future Might Look Like

As pickleball participation has increased, so has the conversation around potential rule changes and variations that could help pickleball continue to evolve as a sport.

While purists aim to preserve pickleball’s origins, others argue tweaks and experiments may attract new players, enhance entertainment value, and reduce controversies around gray areas in the rules. 

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Proposed pickleball rule changes range from subtle shifts like standardizing balls to fundamental changes, including rally scoring or allowing multiple hits per side.

Ultimately, there is no consensus, as ideas that exhilarate some alienate others. Yet most agree pickleball must embrace controlled innovation to sustain growth while retaining its welcoming spirit and accessibility. With an openness to fresh thinking and debate, pickleball is poised for an exciting future as visionaries and traditionalists work together to shape the sport for future generations.

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Stocking Stuffers for Pickleball Players That Are Inexpensive

If you are not a pickleball player, you are probably sick and tired of hearing about the sport. The paddle game went from an unknown to a novelty to being borderline ubiquitous!

Since your family and friends who play pickleball will not stop talking about the sport, why not feed their hunger? From small birthday gifts to stocking stuffers, there are plenty of affordable pickleball gifts that will make the player in your life smile.

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Cute Pickleball Paddles Bring Style to the Court

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Slay the court in style with these cute pickleball paddles! Elevate your look as you elevate your game!

Whether you’re a seasoned player looking to add some flair to your repertoire or just starting out with pickleball and want gear as flashy as your wicked backhand, we’ve got you covered.

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Say goodbye to boring paddles! From floral prints to geometric patterns, bold colors to boho vibes, we’re serving up pickleball paddles that offer both performance and panache. No need to sacrifice function for fashion with these choices that bring power, precision, AND personality. Read on for our roundup of the most stylish paddles that will have you looking as good as you play!

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The Best Pickleball Paddle Under $150 Is…

After playing a whole lot of pickleball in 2023, Pickleball Rookie has picked the best pickleball paddle under $150. OK, so maybe the best SIX! 🙂

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. With its fun gameplay and affordable equipment, it’s easy to see why pickleball is so popular. One of the key pieces of gear is finding the right paddle that matches your playstyle and budget. We’ve rounded up the best pickleball paddles under $150, showcasing a mix of control, power, spin, and versatility to upgrade your game.

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